Whitewashing In Hollywood: Films That Cast Non-Blacks In Black Roles

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The story of Noah has been told in Hollywood before and the latest version hit theaters earlier this year to mixed reviews and controversy. “Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe as the lead, made headlines for its lack of Blacks and people of color in the film. Co-screenwriter Ari Handel addressed the issue. “”From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race,” he said. “What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”

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